200 ISIL rebels killed northern Fallujah:
“The security forces within Anbar Operations Command supported by the Air Force killed 200 ISIL elements in Saqlawiya district of northern Fallujah.”
15 killed in Baghdad explosions:
Iraqi police and hospital officials say a string of explosions in Baghdad has killed at least 15 people and wounded more than 30.
Sunni militants capture Tal Afar, Iraqi town near Syrian border:
Sunni militants captured a strategic city along the highway to Syria on Monday, moving closer to their goal of linking areas under their control on both sides of the border.
Iraqi, Syrian governments begin joint airstrikes against ISIL:
The air strikes are in response to the ISIL’s capture of Iraqi army equipment. ISIL reportedly “brought into Syria heavy weapons including tanks,” reports AFP.
Kurdish forces hold Iraqi border crossing with Syria:
Kurdish forces took control of a border crossing point with Syria, while Iraqi security forces fought insurgent groups who were trying to seize an ethnically mixed city in the country’s northern province of Nineveh, military sources said on Sunday
Iraqi Kurdistan PM in Iran for talks:
The Prime Minister of Iraq’s Kurdistan region is in Tehran for talks with Iranian officials, media reported Monday, amid efforts to thwart a Sunni insurgent offensive north of Baghdad.
Rise of Shiite militias could fracture Iraq:
The emergence of the militias as a legitimate force enjoying the support of the Shiite-led government and the blessing of the religious establishment poses a threat to Iraq’s unity, planting the seed for new sectarian strife and taking the regional Shiite-Sunni divide to a potentially explosive level.
White House says it does not want military coordination with Iran:
A White House official said on Monday that there could be talks with Iran on the sidelines of meetings on Tehran’s nuclear program about the mounting crisis in Iraq, but the United States is not interested in any military coordination with Tehran.
Israel concerned about any US-Iran cooperation in Iraq:
Israel voiced concern on Monday at the prospect of its closest ally, Washington, cooperating with its what it considers its deadliest foe, Iran, to stave off a sectarian break-up of Iraq.
US steps up military preparations over Iraq:
UN says it is pulling its staff out of Baghdad.: The US defence department said that there were no plans for military coordination with Iran in Iraq.
US warship with 550 Marines enters Persian Gulf:
The USS Mesa Verde with 550 Marines onboard has entered the Persian Gulf on Monday for a possible operation in Iraq. It comes after President Obama ruled out sending ground troops to the militant-assaulted country.
Blair: Bombing Iraq Better. Again: Op-Ed:
Over the weekend, the British media was awash with the blood-splattered Tony Blair’s self-serving attempts to justify the illegal invasion of Iraq in 2003.
Boris Johnson asks Tony Blair to ‘put a sock in it’ over ‘unhinged’ comments on Iraq crisis:
The London mayor said that he had “come to the conclusion that Tony Blair has finally gone mad.”
Pat Robertson unloads on Bush for latest Iraq crisis:
‘We were sold a bill of goods!’: “And so to sell the American people on weapons of mass destruction, he had WMD and was getting [concentrated uranium] yellowcake out of Africa and all of that, it was a lot of nonsense,” the TV preacher said. “We were sold a bill of goods, we should never have gone into that country!”
31 killed in Syria barrel bomb attacks in Aleppo: NGO:
Syrian government helicopters dropped barrel bombs on opposition-held districts of the northern city of Aleppo on Monday, killing at least 31 people including several children, an NGO said.
Syrian army foils chemical attack on Damascus: Report:
On Saturday, the Syrian army and its allies foiled a plan by al-Nusra Front in collaboration with Turkish intelligence, to stage a sarin gas attack in the Syrian capital during President Bashar al-Assad’s inauguration.
Kidnap negotiations reveal foreigners at the helm of southern Syria’s Al Qaeda:
A source familiar with the meeting said all of the leading Al Nusra members, or emirs, present at the negotiations were Jordanians, underscoring the role of foreign militants in the group’s leadership structure.
ISIL targets Saudi Arabia in recruitment drive:
The evidence showed up last month in Riyadh, where drivers woke up to find leaflets stuffed into the handles of their car doors and in their windshields. They were promoting the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, which has grabbed the world’s attention by seizing parts of northern Iraq
29 killed in clashes between Yemen army, Houthis:
At least 29 people have been killed in clashes between the Yemeni army and the Shiite Houthi group in the north of the country since Sunday night, an official source said.
Yemen removes Sana’a artillery over coup fears:
Tunnel connecting the mosque to the presidential palace has been discovered. Yemeni President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi has removed heavy artillery from hills surrounding Sana’a over fears his predecessor, to whom some elements remain loyal, is plotting a coup, an official said on Monday.
Israeli occupation forces kill Palestinian boy, 7:
Ali Abdel-Latif al-Awoor was riding motorcycle with uncle, was wounded in a June 11 strike; uncle Mohammed al-Woor killed on the spot.
Palestinian Killed By Army Fire Near Ramallah:
Palestinian medical sources have reported that a young Palestinian man was killed by Israeli army fire after the soldiers invaded the al-Jalazoun refugee camp,
Israel considering expelling Hamas leaders from West Bank to Gaza:
Response to kidnapping of three teenagers near Hebron, blamed on Islamist group, follows arrest of 150 Palestinians
Kidnapping of Teens in Israel to Have ‘Grave Consequences’:
Israel’s prime minister warned today that the kidnapping of three teenage yeshiva students in the West Bank, including one who is an American citizen, “will have grave consequences.”
‘So long, Israel, and thanks for nothing’: Op-Ed:
As a Palestinian Israeli married to a Palestinian, we’ve been waiting for Israel to grant us permission to live together. 15 years later, forced to choose between homeland and family unity, we have finally left.
Nearly 49 killed in Kenya as suspected militants shoot civilians, raze buildings:
At least 49 people were killed when suspected Shebab militants from Somalia stormed into a Kenyan coastal town on Monday and launched a major assault on a police station, hotels and government offices.
At least 22 killed in attack on northeast Nigerian village: police:
At least 22 people were killed when gunmen stormed a village in northeast Nigeria, a security official said on Monday, adding it was likely the work of militant Islamist group Boko Haram.
Libya clashes leave at least eight dead:
Benghazi battles among the fiercest since breakaway commander Khalifa Haftar moved on radicals
Libya deploys special forces to protect petrol stations:
Libya is deploying special forces to protect petrol stations in the capital Tripoli packed by angry motorists trying to refill, the government said, as the state oil firm struggles to bring in fresh supplies.
Egypt cop killed in shoot-out with alledged Morsi men:
An Egyptian police captain was killed on Monday in a shoot-out on the southern outskirts of Cairo with alleged supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohammed Morsi, the interior ministry said.
Egypt to release Al Jazeera’s Elshamy:
Reporter to be freed on medical grounds after being held without charge for 306 days and protesting with hunger strike.
Pakistan says 37 militants, 6 soldiers killed in northwest:
The military says its forces so far have killed 37 insurgents in the tribal region near the border with Afghanistan. Meanwhile, the army has suffered its first casualties of the operation. Six soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb exploded.
Pakistan Taliban Warn Foreign Firms to Leave Country Amid Offensive:
The Pakistani Taliban on Monday warned foreign firms to leave the country and vowed retaliatory strikes against the government after thousands of troops launched a long-awaited offensive in a troubled tribal district.
13 people executed in Uighur region of China:
Thirteen people were executed Monday in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous region, northeastern China, on charges of organizing terrorist activities, intentional killing and inciting unrest, according to China’s Xinhua news agency.
Election workers among 11 killed in Afghan blast:
A roadside bomb killed 11 people in northern Afghanistan, including election workers, officials said yesterday, as reports of violence during the presidential run-off vote mounted.
Afghan police kill militants accused of chopping voters’ fingers:
Afghan security forces say they have killed two Taliban insurgents accused of cutting off the ink-stained fingers of a group of elders who voted in Saturday’s presidential election.
Ukrainian Security Council considers martial law in Lugansk and Donetsk regions:
“This issue is under consideration. But I stress that at first we will do everything we can to suggest to the armed side which is using weapons against Ukrainian citizens, against the state of Ukraine, that it lay down its arms and leave the state of Ukraine,” Paruby said.
Russia halts gas supplies to Kiev:
Ukraine says Russia has cut off all gas supplies after talks fail to resolve a dispute over debts amid high tension in Ukraine’s eastern regions.
Kiev seeks to buy gas from Europe after Russia cut-off:
A Ukrainian delegation will travel on Tuesday to Budapest in a bid to woo European firms into selling them gas, state-own group Naftogaz said, after Moscow cut supplies to Kiev.
Gazprom puts Ukraine on gas prepayment plan after ‘chronic’ failure to pay debt:
The debt of the company for Russian gas stands at $4.458 billion, including $1.451 billion for November and December 2013, and $3.007 billion for April-May 2014,” Gazprom said in a statement posted on their website.
Major International Finance Organization Criticizes U.S. Minimum Wage:
In its annual review of the U.S. economy released on Monday, the International Monetary Fund criticized America for wages that are both historically low and lower than other countries, and it called on the U.S. to raise its wages accordingly.
‘Welcome to Police Industrial Complex’ – former Philly commissioner:
Dangerous, alienating, and sociopathic: the policy of arming police to the teeth with military-grade gear shows a fundamental misunderstanding of how crime is solved and what it means for a cop to walk the beat, former Captain Ray Lewis says.